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The Clinical Assessment Study of the Hand (CAS-HA): a prospective study of musculoskeletal hand problems in the general population

Myers, Helen; Nicholls, Elaine; Handy, June; Peat, George; Thomas, Elaine; Duncan, Rachel; Wood, Laurence; Marshall, Michelle; Tyson, Catherine; Hay, Elaine; Dziedzic, Krysia

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Authors

Helen Myers

June Handy

George Peat

Elaine Thomas

Rachel Duncan

Laurence Wood

Catherine Tyson



Abstract

Pain in the hand affects an estimated 12-21% of the population, and at older ages the hand is one of the most common sites of pain and osteoarthritis. The association between symptomatic hand osteoarthritis and disability in everyday life has not been studied in detail, although there is evidence that older people with hand problems suffer significant pain and disability. Despite the high prevalence of hand problems and the limitations they cause in older adults, little attention has been paid to the hand by health planners and policy makers. We plan to conduct a prospective, population-based, observational cohort study designed in parallel with our previously reported cohort study of knee pain, to describe the course of musculoskeletal hand problems in older adults and investigate the relative merits of different approaches to classification and defining prognosis.

Citation

Myers, H., Nicholls, E., Handy, J., Peat, G., Thomas, E., Duncan, R., …Dziedzic, K. (2007). The Clinical Assessment Study of the Hand (CAS-HA): a prospective study of musculoskeletal hand problems in the general population. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 8, Article 85. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-8-85

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2007
Publication Date Aug 30, 2007
Journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Article Number 85
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-8-85
Keywords pain, hand pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, hand
Publisher URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/8/85

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